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Easy-to-Grow! A Stark Pick

Also called toka plum

Easy-to-grow fruit that smells and tastes like bubblegum! This heavy-producing tree yields crops of medium-to-large plums. Fruit has reddish-bronze skin and juicy yellow flesh that’s as sweet as candy. Tree has a lovely, erect, vase shape. Originates from South Dakota in 1911. Tolerant of temperatures as low as -50ºF. Cold-hardy. Clingstone. Ripens in late August. Best pollinator: Superior Plum. (Prunus americana x Prunus salicina)


Bloom Color Cream, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late August-early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich, Juicy, Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 6
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow plum trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This is supposed to grow well in northern locations. (I live in Connecticut). I got this and Superior Plum for cross pollination.
Karen B on Oct 12, 2016
This is supposed to grow well in northern locations. (I live in Connecticut). I got this and Superior Plum for cross pollination.
Karen B on Oct 12, 2016
My daughter loves plums. I thought this would be a good candidate to grow in a small space.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
My daughter loves plums. I thought this would be a good candidate to grow in a small space.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
Will this Bubblegum/Toka cross-pollinate with an "American Plum" tree?
David L on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Difficult to say. One key factor would be whether their bloom times overlap. You may want to contact your local growers/experts for some experienced insight.

Customer Reviews

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Bubblegum (Toka) plum
Very pleased. It is developing into a very nicely shaped tree requiring minimal pruning and is doing well in my pH 7.6 soil! It bloomed this spring in its third year and has set quite a bit of fruit. I had a serious aphid attack recently but controlled it with Malathion.
May 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Bubblegum Plum
These are such sweet tasty jewels and they make wonderful jam/ jelly as well as eating them fresh. Tree's are loaded with blossoms again this year.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Patience Required
So you've decided on a fruit tree! It's exciting and Stark Bros has my recommendation. I bought my Bubblegum Plum tree 4/28/13 and it is 6/19/16 now. It took about 3 years to see fruit(which is normal amount of time to wait for fruit trees to start to produce). Buying and maintaining fruit trees is for the patient. So if you want fast, go buy something on Amazon otherwise. Sit back, order up some Stark Bros trees, plant in a sunny location and add some love on your part. In 3 years you may see some fruit.
June 19, 2016
Doing Great
Tree is growing vigorously, even blossomed this spring but I did not allow it to fruit. It has put on probably 30 inches of growth since planted last July.
June 21, 2016
1 year ago
bubblrgum plum
a large attractive tree which bloomed this spring. weather was cold wet and windy, so no fruit set. Seems resistant to disease and bugs.
August 7, 2016
over 2 years ago
so far so good!
This is only its second year so I haven't had any fruit from it yet. However, it was shipped well and it overwintered well. It bloomed this year at the same time as the superior plum so I have high hopes!
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Bubblegum Plum
The tree came in good time & condition. Now in the 2nd year, it's growth is robust & it had many blooms, just no plums yet. I'm not sure how a bubblegum plum will taste, but I bought it mainly for a cross pollinator for the Superior & Alderman plums that I already had. Mark Cottrell
June 1, 2016
1 year ago
Great Tree
Bought it late in the spring last year. Can't wait to try some!!
August 22, 2016
1 year ago
Bubblegum Plum
Bought two BG's and 1 Methly premium bare root trees. Planted them in large pots and am training them as 6' high - 3 cordon espalier so I can reach them and take them with me if I move. I'm too old for lasdders which is why I cut down 3 perfectly good plums to make room for the new dwarfs. Stripping young fruit till year 3 harvest and they are growing well. Oh yes, you have to water them often but it's worth the effort. Stopped using Stark's competitors stock years ago. Bob, Atlanta, GA [on a 3/4 acre suburban lot]
July 24, 2016
1 year ago
So far so good
We purchased the bubblegum plum tree last year from Stark brothers. The tree has done well, and is growing sufficiently. Still waiting for fruit, but then of course it's only been 12 months since we plant the tree so that could take a while. Can't wait to get some fruit :) maybe next year?
June 11, 2016
1 year ago
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